acorn woodpecker


Definition of acorn woodpecker

: a woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) found from the U.S. Pacific coast south to Colombia that stores acorns in small holes which it digs especially in the bark of trees

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Woodpeckers, especially acorn woodpeckers, are highly social birds that often work together for a common good. Ernie Cowan Outdoors,, "One of nature’s hoarders," 7 Apr. 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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